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The Blues return from their first Super Rugby bye last weekend and will host the Sharks at Eden Park in Auckland.

The Blues have played the Sharks 19 times in Super Rugby and they have won five matches and lost fourteen matches.

  • The Blues picked up a 23-18 win in their last meeting with the Sharks, a victory which saw them snap a 10-game losing streak against the Durban side.
  • The Sharks have won four of their last five away games against the Blues, though each of those five fixtures has been decided by a margin of no greater than seven points.
  • Each of the Blues’ last three games at home has been decided by a margin of fewer than seven points, with the Auckland side earning a win, draw, and loss in that span.
  • The Blues have won their last four games at home against South African opposition, with their last loss in such a fixture coming back in Round 4, 2015.
  • Akira and Rieko Ioane have each crossed for at least one try in both of the Blues’ last two games; in fact, Akira Ioane has scored five tries in his last four games for the club.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

There has been a late change for the Sharks, Akker van der Merwe is out and Chilibot Rallapelle is in.

In the meantime why not have a look at the match preview.

Stephen Perofeta kicks off and the match is underway.

1.00: The Blues immediately test the Sharks at the back with kick and chase. Curwin Bosch has to race back to dot the ball down behind the line. He gets there – just – and secures the ball for the restart.

2.00: AFter the restart the Blues (Kaino) concede a penalty. The Sharks will have a shot at the posts.

3.00 Robert du Preez takes the kick and nails it. Sharks lead.

6.00: The Blues work the ball to the Sharks 5m line but when they get there they concede a penalty. The Sharks kick for touch to clear the ball.

6.00: The Sharks win the line out, set up a maul but the ball gets turned over and lost forward.

7.00: The Sharks win the scrum and run the ball, Curwin Bosch gets through, chips the ball ahead and Lwazi Mvovo chases but the bal goes into touch.

10.00: The Sharks win their scrum and go through a couple of phases. Jean-Luc du Preez offloads in the tackle to Ruan Botha who scores. TRY! 

11.00: Du Preez adds the conversion.

15.00: It’s all the Sharks on attack. They are focusing on the left wing. The pressure pays off as they are awarded a penalty. Du Preez slots it to extend the lead.

20.00: The Sharks get the ball from a Blues kick. They go through several phases and then chip the ball ahead. The Blues retain the ball this time as Perofeta runs it and almost immediately they get to the 5m line. The Sharks slow the attack but the Blues go wide and Michael Collins scores. TRY! 

22.00: Perofeta slots the conversion. The try has come at a cost though as Melani Nanai looks to have injured himself and has to leave the field.

24.00:  The Sharks have a penalty and will kick for posts. Penalties conceded : Blues 4 Sharks 1.

26.00: Du Preez slots the kick to retain his 100% record.

28.00: The Blues put the Sharks under pressure in the Sharks 22. The Blues get the advantage and kick wide for Jordan Trainor but he can’t control the ball and it goes into touch.  The Blues are called back for the penalty.

29..00: The Blues kick to the corner as they want the try. The Blues win the line out. They set up the maul. Akira Ioane breaks from the back, pushes off about five Sharks players on his way to the tryline and scores. Or does he ? The TMO confirms a foot in touch. Sharks 5m line out.

30.00: The Blues go offside at the line out and concede a penalty.

33.00: The Sharks break from a line out and Jean-Luc du Preez shrugs off three feeble Blues tackles and powers his way to the line. TRY! 

34.00: Du Preez adds the conversion.

38.00: Penalty to the Sharks. Du Preez slots it and extends the lead.

40.00: The siren sounds and the ball is kicked into touch. Its half time.

The half time score was Blues 7 Sharks 26

The Sharks kick off and the second half is underway.

42.00: The Sharks win a line out in their half. As they pass the ball down the line the ball is lost forward.

43.00: The Blues play on until there is a dangerous (high) tackle by  Sbu Nkosi. The Blues have a penalty and  Sbu Nkosi is yellow carded. (7-26)

The Blues work the ball to the Sharks tryline. They get to within 1m. The Sharks defend but the Blues go wide to the other side and Akira Ioane scores his sixth try this season. TRY! 

45.00: Perofeta takes the conversion from outwide. He nails it.

50.00: The Blues appears to be banging away at the Sharks with nothing on. Suddenly Patrick Tuipulotu gets the ball, bashes through the Sharks and races for the line and scores. TRY! 

51.00: Perofeta adds the conversion and the Sharks lead by just 5.

52.00; Oh my. The Blues get the ball inside their half. Perofeta runs through six Sharks players slipping off tackles as he goes and scores. TRY! The TMO confirms there was no offside as the Sharks claimed there was.

53.00: Perofeta adds the conversion and the Blues lead.

55.00: Nkosi’s time in the bin is over but he is replaced so his game is over. Sharks back to 15.

56.00: The Sharks hit back. Kobus van wyk gets the Sharks on the attack with a sniping run. The Sharks keep the ball moving and Tera Mtembu gets the ball and crashes over. TRY! 

58.00: Du Preez slots the conversion and the Sharks lead again.

60.00: The Sharks burst through a tackle and Stephan Lewies offloads to Robert du Preez who races for the line and scores. TRY!

Du preez converts.

Penalty to the Sharks in front. Du preez slots it.

64.00: After the restart  Jordan Trainor tackles a player in the air and he is shown a yellow card. The Sharks kick for touch. (28-43)

69.00: The Sharks are awarded a penalty for a high tackle. Borderline card, Du preez takes the shot and nails it. Six penalties from six.

71.00: the Sharks get through the Blues defenders again. They get possession from a loose Blues ball and run it. After several passes Kobus van Wyk scores. TRY! 

Du preez adds the conversion.

74.00: The Blues battle away and Rieko Ioane gets through and scores for the hosts. TRY! 

75.00: Bryn Gatland slots the conversion.

77.00: Penalty to the Sharks in front. Du Preez takes the kick and nails it.

79.00: The Blues get a lat consolation try as George Moala gets the ball on the wing and runs it in. TRY! 

Gatland misses the conversion.

80.00: The siren sounds but the kick off goes ahead. The Blues run the ball and win a penalty. They run it again but lose the ball so the Sharks have another chance.

81.00: The Blues win a penalty for offside. They kick for touch as they can take the line out.

83.00: The Bluees win the line out and attack the Sharks. 8 phases and still they go.

The Sharks steal the ball and Curwin Bosch races to the corner and scores. TRY! Oh wait. The referee wants to review it. The try is reveiwed and awarded.

84.00: Du Preez takes his most difficult kick and nails it.

Thats it. The Sharks have won.

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The full time score is Blues 40 (7) Sharks 63 (26)

Scorers

Blues
Tries – M.Collins, A.Ioane, P.Tuipulotu, S.Perofeta, R.Ioane, G.Moala
Pen –
Con – S.Perofeta 3, B.Gatland
Drop –
Cards – J. Trainor (64th min yellow)

Sharks
Tries – R.Botha, J-L du Preez, T.Mtembu, R.du Preez, K.van Wyk, C.Bosch
Pen – R.du Preez 7
Con – R.du Preez 6
Drop –
Cards –  S.Nkosi (33rd min yellow)

Match Officials
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2:Angus Mabey
TMO :Ben Skeen

Teams

Blues

1. Pauliasi Manu, 2. James Parsons ©, 3. Mike Tamoaieta, 4. Patrick Tuipulotu, 5. Josh Goodhue, 6. Jerome Kaino, 7. Murphy Taramai, 8. Akira Ioane; 9. Sam Nock, 10. Stephen Perofeta, 11. Melani Nanai, 12. Rieko Ioane, 13. George Moala, 14. Jordan Trainor,15. Michael Collins.

Replacements: 16. Leni Apisai, 17. Ross Wright, 18. Sione Mafileo, 19. Jimmy Tupou, 20. Kara Pryor, 21.Jonathan Ruru  , 22. Bryn Gatland, 23. TJ Faiane/

Sharks

15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha (captain), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Chiliboy Rallapelle, 1 Beast Mtawarira

Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Tyler Paul, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Kobus van Wyk

 

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